6 Feb 2017
Local Life magazine loves
"Toad's Getting Married"

The West Sussex magazine, "Local Life" describes Ken Metcalfe's wonderful tale for children as: '... Told with warmth and wit ... superb illustrations complement this charming story ..." 

Click here for details about the book or to buy

3 Feb 2017
Celebrating four years of
EllyDonovanPR

On the fourth anniversary of the launch of Elly Donovan PR, Elly and Vicky would like to say a big thank you to all our publishers and our authors for their custom - and to thank all our friends in the media for their support and interest over the past four years.  Thank you all very much.

1 Feb 2017
COMPETITION is now closed
Congratulations to the winners

Thank you to everyone who entered.

The three lucky winners are: Helen Cornish (Brighton); Jane Willis (Fleet) and Roger Barton (Leeds). They each receive a copy of "Farewell, Cowboy".

Click here to discover more award-winning writing from Istros Books

31 Jan 2017
COMPETITION: Your chance to win a copy of
"Farewell, Cowboy" by Olja Savicevic

Thanks to Istros Books I have three copies of this remarkable novel (from one of Croatia's best known writers) to give away. The first three people to email me with their name and UK postal address will each receive a copy.

28 Jan 2017
Praise for Ken Metcalfe's
"Toad's Getting Married"

"A heart-warming adventure for readers of all ages ... a story that charms, thrills and amuses in equal measure." The North Cornwall Advertiser

Click here to buy the book

25 Jan 2017
Local Life magazine loves
"Fair Robert" by Catherine Gilling

Local Life magazine in Sussex says of Catherine Gilling's fourth book: "Dramatic, exciting and rich in detail and colour, Gilling weaves a cracking story .... a page-turner that refuses to be put down." 

Click here to find out more about Catherine Gilling's books

23 Jan 2017
Countryside-la-Vie magazine recommends
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice" by Bryn Hughes

Countryside-la-Vie says, "Now Bryn [PC Nicola Hughes' father] has told Nicola's story, from the joy of her birth, through to the terrible circumstances of her death at the age of just 23, as well as the challenging aftermath" 

Click here for book details & information about the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

20 Jan 2017
Yellow House Book Blog loves
"The Foot of the Volcano"

The book blog said of Deiana Denise Sutherland's novel, " ...explores loyalty, family, parenthood, and the enduring nature of true love .... gives us an interesting insight into the culture and people of the Caribbean."

Click here for book details or to buy

18 Jan 2017
COMPETITION is now closed
Congratulations to the winner

Thank you to everone who entered. The lucky winner, R Ellison of West Sussex, will receive two books from award-winning Slovenian novelists. 

Watch out for more competitions coming soon.

Click here to discover more award-winning writing from Istros Books

17 Jan 2017
COMPETITION: Your chance to win two books
from award-winning Slovenian novelists

Thanks to Istros Books, I have two novels (in English) to give away to just ONE lucky winner. The first person to email me with their UK postal address will receive "Yugoslavia, My Fatherland" by Goran Vojnovic (nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017) and "My Father's Dreamsby Evald Flisar (Slovenia's best-selling author.) Good luck!

10 Jan 2017
Ken Metcalfe on
Talk Radio Europe's Book Show

Ken Metcalfe, author of 'Toad's Getting Married',spoke to TRE's Hannah Murray at 6pm on 5th January (repeated at 8pm, 7th Jan) about how he came to write his delightful children's story.

Click here to listen to the interview (select 20:00, 7th Jan) and click here to buy the book.

6 Jan 2017
Deiana Denise Sutherland on
Talk Radio Europe's Book Show

Deiana, author of The Foot of the Volcano spoke to TRE's Hannah Murray at 6pm on 5th January (repeated at 8pm, 7th Jan) about Caribbean life and the novel's themes of romance, adventure, tragedy and coming-of-age

Click here to listen to the interview (select 19:00, 5 Jan)  and click here to buy the book

5 Jan 2017
Magsie Hamilton Little launches
Extreme Nomad blog

Author, Magsie Hamilton Little (whose latest book "The Sky is on Fire" describes an extraordinary journey with two Tuareg tribesmen and an ailing camel called Fleabag) has just launched her exciting new blog:

Click here to read the blog

 

4 Jan 2017
COMPETITION is now closed
Congratulations to the four lucky winners:

L LeSeve (Hove); C Wright (Achnasheen); S Noakes (Redruth) and J Walker (London) each receive a copy of "Hommunculus" by Aleksandar Prokopiev.

Click here to discover more award-winning writing from Istros Books

3 Jan 2017
COMPETITION: Your chance to win a copy of
"Homunculus" by Aleksandar Prokopiev

Thanks to Istros Books, I have four copies of this extraordinary collection of adult fairy tales (by an award-winning Macedonian author) to give away. HURRY!  Only the first FOUR people to email me with their name & UK postal address will each receive a copy.

22 Dec 2016
Season's Greetings
Wishing you a joyous Yuletide & a happy and successful 2017

Instead of sending Christmas cards, I make donations to charities including:British Heart Foundation & Sussex Heart Charity (with my special thanks this year) and to Oxfam; Red Cross & IMPACT for people in need and distress around the world.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

14 Dec 2016
COMPETITION is now closed
Congratulations to the winners

Thank you to everyone who entered. The two lucky winners are: B. Wynes (Norwich) & R.K. Hughes (Chichester). Each will receive a copy of "Dry Season" by Gabriela Babnik. 

Click here to discover more award-winning writing from Istros Books

13 Dec 2016
COMPETITION: Your chance to win a copy of
"Dry Season" by Gabriela Babnik

Thanks to Istros Books, I have two copies of this unforgettable novel to give away. It won the European Prize for Literature and is norminated for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017. Hurry, hurry! The first TWO people to email me with their name & UK postal address will each receive a copy.

8 Dec 2016
David Ledain talks to BBC Manchester
about gay men who marry women & have kids

As part of the #ModernDayDilemmas series, David Ledain, author of "Gay Dad" spoke to BBC Radio Manchester's Mike Sweeney about coming out in later life having married a woman and had children. 

Click here to listen to the interview (70 mins into prog) and click here for book details.

2 Dec 2016
Police History Society praises
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice" by Bryn Hughes

" ... remarkable ... a very well written and very personal, moving story ... I would recommend it to every police officer, especially family liason officers, and others who care for families in the aftermath of violent criminal death." The Police History Society Newsletter, Dec 2016.

Click here to buy the book through the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

30 Nov 2016
COMPETITION is now closed
Congratulations to the winners

Thank you to everybody who entered the competition on 29 Nov. The four lucky winners were: K von Hofsten (East Sussex); R Skingsley (Cambridgeshire); F. Price (East Sussex) & S. Cleere (West Sussex). Each will receive a copy of "Till Kingdon Come" by Andrej Nikolaidis. 

Click here, to discover more award-winning writing from Istros Books

29 Nov 2016
COMPETITION: Your chance to win a copy of
"Till Kingdom Come" by Andrej Nikolaidis

Thanks to Istros Books, I have four copies of this dark and humourous crime novel to give away. This highly acclaimed book has just been nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017 and is written by a former winner of the European Prize for Literature. Hurry! The first four people who email me with their name and full UK postal address, will each receive a copy of this astonishing novel from this award-winning writer from Montenegro.

21 Nov 2016
TA Ward interviewed on
Talk Radio Europe books programme

TA Ward - the author of "The ManKiller" spoke to Hannah Murray about writing and researching his thrilling crime novel - and the work of forensic sexologists.

Click here to listen to the interview (19:00; 17th Nov)

Click here for book details or to buy.

14 Nov 2016
SilverWood Books featured
on 'Women Writers, Women's Books' website

Ever wondered what publishers actually do?  The website for women authors has just published an article entitled 'A Day in the Life of a Publisher'  - featuring SilverWood Books.

Click here to read the article and click here to find out more about SilverWood Books

7 Nov 2016
Congratulations to Deiana
on her glittering book launch

More than 200 people attended the book launch for Deiana Denise Sutherland's "The Foot of the Volcano" in Oxford. Deiana gave a reading from her novel (about coming of age on the island of St Vincent) and she signed copies of her book for eager fans. The Caribbean-themed evening was a spectacular success. 

Click here for book details or to buy.

1 Nov 2016
Helen Hart of SilverWood Books
on Talk Radio Europe

Helen Hart, Publishing Director of SilverWood, spoke to The Books Programme about independent publishing and her advice on book promotion for authors.

Click here to listen to the interview (27 Oct 2016, 19:00;  34 mins into programme)

Click here for more information about SilverWood Books

12 Oct 2016
Deiana Denise Sutherland
interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford

Deiana spoke to BBC Radio Oxford about the differences between life in the UK and life in her native St Vincents and The Grenadines - and about her new book, "The Foot of the Volcano: Romance, adventure and tragedy as a young girl comes of age in the Caribbean sun."

Click here to listen to the interview (68 mins in) and click here for book details or to buy

29 Sep 2016
Children's author, Ken Metcalfe
on BBC Radio Cornwall

Ken Metcalfe spoke to BBC Radio Cornwall on 27th September about his new book, "Toad's Getting Married" and his plans for future books.

Click here to listen to the interview (96 mins in) 

Click here to buy the book

8 Sep 2016
G-Scene Magazine praises
"Gay Dad" by David Ledain

G-Scene magazine's review says, " ... allows us into the minds of gay men who hide their sexuality, marry women and chose to have families ... a timely book reflecting the experiences of a sizable part of our LGBT world."

Click here for book details or to buy

 

26 Aug 2016
Hazel Rochez talks to BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey
about running 100km for Alzheimer's Society

GOOD LUCK to Hazel who is running the South Coast 100km Challenge this weekend 27 & 28 Aug  - that's more than 62 miles (in old money) in just two days!

Click here to hear Hazel interviewed on BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey (2hrs, 40mins into prog)

Click here to donate to Hazel's fundraising for The Alzheimer's Society

25 Aug 2016
David Ledain on BBC Radio Manchester
discussing gay men who marry women

In the lead-up to the PRIDE festival in Manchester this weekend, the author of "Gay Dad" spoke movingly to the BBC's Mike Sweeney about issues that face the LGBT community.

Click here to listen to the interview (70mins into programme)

Click here for book details

19 Aug 2016
Author Martin Doktar talks about
"King's Champion" on TalkRadioEurope

Martin chatted to The Book Show's Hannah Murray about his explosive new political thriller, the future of democracy, the Coyle novels and the writing process.

Click here to listen to the interview

Click here for book details or to buy

15 Aug 2016
Hazel Rochez interview on SpiritFM
as she prepares to run 100km for Alzheimer's Society

Hazel is running the 100km South Coast Challenge (27-28 August) in memory of her mother. 

Click here to read the SpiritFM report

Click here to donate to Hazel's fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society

10 Aug 2016
Sixtyplusurfers praises
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice" by Bryn Hughes

The August 2016 issue oif Sixtyplusurfers says of Bryn Hughes' book, "This is a heartbreaking story with many lovely photographs of Nocola ... There is also a touching foreword from Nick Adderley, the Chief Superintendent of Greater Manchester Police." 

Click here to buy the book and support The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

30 Jul 2016
BBC Radio Ulster interviews
'Gay Dad' author David Ledain

David and another gay man were interviewed for 20 minutes on BBC Radio Ulster's Talk Back programme on 29 July about why they married women and had children with them. It was a moving and thought-provoking conversation.

Click HERE to listen to the interview (1 hour, 10 mins into the programme)     Click HERE for book details or to buy.

8 Jul 2016
"Gay Dad" radio interviews reach
more than 3.5 million listeners

David Ledain, author of "Gay Dad: Ten True Stories of Divorced Gay Men with Kids, Living in the UK Today" has now completed more that 20 radio interviews and has reached an estimated 3.7 million listeners across the UK & Europe. More interviews are planned.

Click here for book details or to buy

7 Jul 2016
The Brighton Magazine loves
"Gay Dad" by David Ledain

The Brighton Magazine today has published a long artcle about this explosive new book which tells the true stories of ten gay men who married women and had children with them. 

Click here to read the article

Click here for further details or to buy the book

6 Jul 2016
Metropolitan Life praises
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice" by Bryn Hughes

The magazine for London's police described Bryn's book about his murdered PC daughter as, "an inspirational account of how Bryn Hughes decided to pay tribute to his daughter by creating a force for good"  

Click here to buy the book through the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

29 Jun 2016
Yellow House Book Blog loves
"The Lines of Tamar"

The Book Blog says about Sheila Mughal's mystical thriller, "... I thoroughly enjoyed this novel ... intriguing story ... continued to gain steam at great pace as more was revealed ... an excellent read." 

Click here for book details or to buy

23 Jun 2016
More interviews for author of "GAY DAD"
"Ten True Stories of Divorced Gay Men with Kids, Living in the UK Today"

David Ledain was interviewed by BBC WM 96.5 (West Midlands) and BBC Three Counties Radio about why some gay men marry women & have children with them. David's been very busy. He's now done 20 radio interviews during the last week.

Click here for book details or to buy

22 Jun 2016
The competition is now closed
and the winners are ...

Thank you to everybody who entered. The three lucky winners are: Mr Liversage of Oxfordshire; Mr Skingsley of Cambridgeshire & Ms Hope of Kent. They each receive a copy of "The Journey That Never Was" by Jeanne de Ferranti. 

Click here for book details or to buy

21 Jun 2016
COMPETITION - your chance to win
a copy of "The Journey That Never Was"

Elly has three copies of Jeanne De Ferranti's book to give away:  "The Journey That Never Was: Around the World in a Mini in the Early 1960s" is the true story of the first-ever round-the-world journey in a Mini. The journey was made by two intrepid, young British women (Jeanne & Jane) between 1961 & 1963. The first three people to email Elly with their postal address (UK only) will each receive a copy of Jeanne's book. 

20 Jun 2016
Life Magazines urge readers to buy book
to support Memorial Fund

Life Magazines (Kent) describe Bryn Hughes' book, "An Extraordinay Sacrifice" as, "a father's account of how his daughter was killed callously whilst 'doing her duty' and how, in Nicola's Memory, a fund has been set up to assist those affected by such tragedies..."

Click here to "Buy the book and support The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund."

16 Jun 2016
18 radio interviews for David Ledain
author of 'Gay Dad'

David Ledain has just completed 17 interviews with BBC regional radio stations across the UK and was also interviewed by Talk Radio Europe (broadcasting in English to southern Europe) - and there are more interviews planned. 

Click here for details of David's book, "Gay Dad: Ten True Stories of Divorced Gay Men with Kids, Living in the UK Today"

7 Jun 2016
'Female First' features
'Gay Dad' by David Ledain

David Ledain's fascinating article, "Ten Things I Learned when Writing Gay Dad" is now on the Female First website (seen by more than 335,000 people each month). 'Gay Dad' offers ten true stories of divorced UK gay men with kids.

Click here to read the article.

Book available from 13th June via amazon

3 Jun 2016
A wonderful evening with
author Carole McCall

Carole McCall appeared at Waterstones in Tunbridge Wells on 1st June. She talked about her four books - including her latest title, "The Communication Generation" - and signed copies of her books for her eager audience.

Click here to find out more about Carole's books

5 May 2016
Life Mags (Kent) love "That Monstrous Regiment"
"The Birth of Women's Political Emancipation"

The May 2016 issue says of Harry Stone's book, "If you are one with Phillipa Gregory or Alison Weir et al, then here is the backdrop to provide another slant on the age ... Stone takes us through the turbulence of the period without over dramatization ... and leaves us to make up our own minds." 

Click here for book details or to buy

3 May 2016
'Countryside-La-Vie Magazine' loves
"The Communication Generation"

In April 2016 they said, "These inspirational memoirs celebrate the role played by all women in the lives of our children & grandchildren .... Drawing on her own background as a life coach, therapist & NLP trainer, Carole [McCall] uses the pages of her own wry and touching memoirs to take a long hard look at the ways in which we all communicate" 

Click here for books details or to buy

2 May 2016
Praise for "An Extraordinary Sacrifice" from
the 'Tameside Reporter' and 'Glossop Chronicle'

These sister newspapers both described Bryn Hughes book as "an inspirational account of how the grieving father decided to pay tribute to his daughter by creating a force for good from an unspeakable act for evil." 

Click here to find out more about the book and the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

29 Apr 2016
Countryside La Vie Magazine loves
'Juliet's Story' by Fenella Forster

The April 2016 issue describes the book as "A gripping tale offering tantalising mysteries and plenty of passion - the latest 'Voyagers' novel from the author of 'Annie's Story' 

Click here for book details or to buy

28 Apr 2016
'Police Life' magazine recommends
'An Extraordinary Sacrifice' by Bryn Hughes

The April 2016 issue of 'Police Life' says, "Nicola's father bravely tells Nicola's story in his own words ... and describes the inspiring work of the memorial fund that bears his daughter's name." 

Click here to buy the book through The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

26 Apr 2016
'Countryside-La-Vie Magazine' recommends
'The Lines of Tamar' by Sheila Mughal

The April 2016 issue said, "A mystical 21st century adventure ... Modern-day family saga meets genealogical detective story in this mystical thriller: an absorbing tale of twin sisters ... meticulously researched." 

Click here for book details or to buy 

16 Apr 2016
Oldham Evening Chronicle praise for
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice" by Bryn Hughes

"Extraordinary story of an extraordinary PC - by her extraordinary dad .... he talks candidly of the shock and grief, and the challenges the family has faced since her death - and describes the inspiring work of the memorial fund that bears his daughter's name." says The Oldham Evening Chronicle.

Click here to buy the book through The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

15 Apr 2016
Sir Harold Atcherley's moving interview with
Tom Chesshyre (travel author & Times journalist)

Tom Chesshyre and former WW2 POW Sir Harold discuss the horrors of the infamous 'death railway' and the renunion meeting of Sir Harold and a former Japanese Army engineer.

Click here to read the interview

Click here for details of Sir Harold's book, 'Prisoner of Japan'

11 Apr 2016
The London Book Fair 12-14 April
Meet the publishers
  • SilverWood Books - Professional Self-Publishing Services - Stand 1G45    
  • Istros Books - Award-winning literature from Europe (in English) - Stand 4B43
  • Modern Books - Beautiful art, health and food books - Stand 6B45

Click here for the London Book Fair website

9 Apr 2016
The Manchester Evening News on
'An Extraordinary Sacrifice'

The Manchester Evening News said, "Bryn Hughes is raising money for a charity which helps young people who have lost relatives to violent crime." In his book, "He tells of the shock and grief he and his family have endured since Nicola's death - and describes the inspiring work of the memorial fund which bears his daughter's name." 

Click here to buy to book through The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

8 Apr 2016
The Sunday Post & The Weekly News
feature 'The Communication Generation'

Featuring a long interview with author Carole McCall, the newspapers said, "When did we all stop talking to each other? Communications expert raises concerns over future problems ... Carole McCall explains that if the world doesn't learn to communicate better, we'll have much bigger problems in the future."  

Click here for details about Carole McCall's books

5 Apr 2016
The Daily Mirror praises
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice" by Bryn Hughes

The Daily Mirror said, "The dad of one of the policewomen gunned down by Dale Cregan has relived the moment he was told his daughter had been killed .... His comments come in his book, 'An Extraordinary Sacrifice' with profits going to help crime victims." 

Click to buy the book through the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

3 Apr 2016
Lancashire Living magazine loves
"The Communication Generation"

The April issue of 'Lancashire Living' says that Carole McCall's latest book "gives us Carole's professional and personal perspectives on the ways we communicate with each other and how we can teach our precious children & teenagers to use communication skills & technology for education, self-fulfilment and inner-happiness."  

Click here for details about Carole McCall's books

30 Mar 2016
Britain's newest national paper features
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice"

The New Day said of Bryn Hughes' book, "Helping others will be Nicola's lasting legacy - Dad of murdered PC writes book to aid victims of crime .... The money raised provides support, educational opportunities, and career training for young people bereaved by violent crime." 

Click here to buy the book via the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

24 Mar 2016
The Medway Messenger loves
"The Communication Generation"

Reviewing "The Communication Generation" - the fourth volume of Carole McCall's memoirs - on 18 March 2016 'The Medway Messenger' said, "Carole McCall examines all forms of communication and  shares her exeriences with a warm wit." 

Click here for details of Carole's books

22 Mar 2016
'The Teacher' magazine loves
"Famous Discoveries and their Discoverers"

Reviewing Ian Taylor's fascinating book, the March 2016 issue of 'The Teacher' says, "Science meets history in this myth-busting, well-researched and well presented detailed work ... outstanding ... celebrates the discoveries and inventions of both men and women." 

Click here for book details and to buy

21 Mar 2016
"An Extraordinary Sacrifice"
on national TV, in the press and on the radio

Published today, Bryn Hughes' moving tribute to his murdered daughter is receiving lots of media attention including national & regional TV; national & regional newspapers, magazines and radio. More news to follow soon.

Click here to buy the book through the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

16 Mar 2016
Bryn Hughes on National & Regional BBC TV
talking about "An Extraordinary Sacrifice"

Bryn Hughes is appearing on BBC ONE TV's Breakfast programme on Thursday 17th March and on BBC TV North West Tonight  programme on Wednesday 16th March.   Bryn's book tells the story of his daughter, PC Nicola Hughes who was murdered in 2012 - and of the charity that he founded as a memorial to her.

Click here to buy the book via the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

10 Mar 2016
Life Magazines recommend
"The Communication Generation"

The March 2016 issue of Life Magazines (Kent) says of Carole McCall's memoirs, "Carole has a happy way with descriptions ... lovely stories follow on in abundance, describing how communications can be purple patches on an otherwise dull existence." 

Click here for book details or to buy

7 Mar 2016
The Medway Messenger recommends
'Juliet's Story' by Fenella Forster

The Medway Messenger (16 Feb 2016) said of Fenella Forster's novel, "Will tragic secrets from the past wreck Juliet's hopes of success, love and happiness? The latest Voyagers novel ... tells the tale of recently divorced business woman Juliet ..." 

Click here for book details or to buy

3 Mar 2016
Female First features Carole McCall
author of 'The Communication Generation'

As the fourth volume of her memoirs are published, feminist Carole McCall shares facts about herself and how she makes the most of life with MS in an exclusive piece. A perfect celebration of Mums, Grans and all women for Mother's Day.

Click here to read the article

Click here for details about Carole's books

2 Mar 2016
Life Magazines recommend
'Juliet's Story' by Fenella Forster

The February 2016 issues of 'Life' magazines (Kent) said of 'Juliet's Story': "It is the descriptive author's voice that puts her up front amd this is where creativity scores ... The story may grip you - it's complicated but one to read." 

Click here for book details or to buy

1 Mar 2016
Sheila Mughal featured on
Female First website today

The author of The Lines of Tamar shares some fascinating facts about her life and how she came to write the book.Sheila Mughal's novel has now received 17 5-star reviews on amazon!

Click here to read the article

Click here to read the 17 5-star reviews from readers

29 Feb 2016
Fenella Forster on the
FEMALE FIRST website today

The author of 'Juliet's Story' and 'Annie's Story' shares ten things about herself with her readers.

Click here to read the article.  

Click here for details of Fenella's books.

26 Feb 2016
Elly Donovan becomes a Partner Member of
ALLi - The Alliance of Independent Authors

As well as being a member of the PPC (Publishers' Publicity Circle), we are delighted to report that Elly has now been accepted as a Partner Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors.  ALLi Partner Members are businessess that provide services to authors that comply with ALLI standards of ethics and excellence.  

Click here to read about ALLi Ethical Partners

19 Feb 2016
Times Literary Supplement review
for "Yugoslavia, My Fatherland"

The TLS review (17 Feb 2016) says of Goran Vojnovic's novel, "... uses cinema's generic conventions to address the theme of war crimes head-on ... A gripping narrative that requires no allegorical decipherment, its author employs a noir style to capture the seaminess and stupor of Yugoslavia and traces these early symptoms to the country's disintergration." 

Click here for book details or to buy

18 Feb 2016
High praise for Joyce M Lovely's
'Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God'

The spring issue of The Armourer is running a double page feature plus book review for Joyce Lovely's memoir of WW2 Liverpool.  They describe the book as "A funny, touching and heart-warming portrait of wartime and beyond ... fascinating and gloriously nostalgic ... a gentle, humorous and warm personal history, rich in colour and detail.' 

Click here for book details or to buy

14 Feb 2016
'Woman's Own' features
'Total Detox Plan' by Charmaine Yabsley

The 1st Feb 2016 issue of "Woman's Own" magazine ran an extract from "Total Detox Plan" describing Charmaine's "7-Day Detox".  The magazine said, 'lose weight, feel great - No starvation needed - just follow Charmaine Yabsley's superfood plan to feel lighter and look fresher in a week.' 

Click here for book details or to buy

9 Feb 2016
More praise for Goran Vojnovic's
"Yugoslavia, My Fatherland"

A review on the European Literature Network describes the novel as, "... psychologically profound ... dark, deep and disturbing ... The bleakness of this story is redeemed by the searing honesty, unsentimentality and insight of the storyteller ... the power of this novel shines through." 

Click here for book details or to buy

6 Feb 2016
COMPETITION is now closed
And our lucky winners are .....

Thank you to everybody who entered.  Our three lucky winners are: Ms F Hope (Horsmonden); Ms A Oxtoby (Malvern) and Mr K Russell (Sutton). They each receive three books by Carole McCall: The Boomer Generation; The Lotus Generation and The Fourth Generation. Carole McCall's latest book, The Communication Generation is out on 29 February. Click here for details.

5 Feb 2016
Competition: your chance to win
THREE books by Carole McCall

To celebrate Carole McCall's forthcoming new book "The Communications Generation"  (out on 29 Feb), I have three sets of her previous three books to give away to the first three people who email me with their UK postal address. Each winner will receive a copy of Carole's inspirational memoirs,  "The Boomer Generation"; "The Lotus Generation" and "The Fourth Generation".  

3 Feb 2016
Celebrating three years of
Elly Donovan PR

On the third anniversary of the launch of Elly Donovan PR, Elly and Vicky would like to say a big thank you to all our publishers and authors for their business  - and to all our friends in the press, in broadcasting and in other media for their support and interest over the past years.  We're looking forward to many successful years to come. Thank you all.

1 Feb 2016
Praise for Andre Nikolaidis'
"Till Kingdom Come"

Life Magazines (Kent) said in their review of Nikolaidis' dark thriller which challenges many of our perceptions about identity, "Is it fictional or a glimpse into a factual existence that might appal .... There's an element of sadness lurking beneath the fascinating wordage." 

Click here for book details or to buy

26 Jan 2016
Fenella Forster launch party
for "Juliet's Story" (The latest 'Voyagers' novel)

A wonderful launch party was held on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at the University Women's Club in London where Fenella Forster (pictured) welcomed numerous guests and signed copies of "Juliet's Story" and "Annie's Story"

Click here for further book details or to buy

25 Jan 2016
Congratulations to Fenella Forster
on the publication of "Juliet's Story'

'Juliet's Story' - the second novel in The Voyagers series is released today.  As Fenella Forster's engrossing family saga reaches the 21st century, the latest book offers further tantalising mysteries and plenty of passion.  

Click here for further book details and/or to buy

22 Jan 2016
Praise for "Yugoslavia, My Fatherland"
Goran Vojnovic's profound novel

Parrish Lantern's blog described the book: "... documents the effects of the war in the Balkans ... we follow a nation's past and its attempts to understand, reconcile and forgive itself collectively and as individuals." 

Click here for book details or to buy

21 Jan 2016
"The Lines of Tamar"
amazing 5-star reviews on amazon!

We are delighted to see that Sheila Mughal's novel has received 14 five-star reviews so far on amazon (11 for the paperback edition and 3 for the ebook). 

Click here to read the reviews

20 Jan 2016
A lovely review for
"In Their Own Words"

The January 2016 issue of 'Sixtyplusurfers' describes Rachel Vogeleisen's book as, "a valuable piece of history captured forever ... a delightful celebration of women in wartime Britain and in old age." 

Click here for book details or to buy

19 Jan 2016
"Yugoslavia, My Fatherland" makes the
Irish Times Books of the Year List

Goran Vojnovic's novel was chosen by Eileen Battersby as one of her 'Books of the Year 2015' for The Irish Times. Ms Battersby said, "Vojnovic takes on the legacy of the 1990s Balkan War in this candid, controversial picaresque which offers a sharp insight into the Balkan tragedy .." 

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15 Jan 2016
The Daily Express features
"Total Detox Plan"

The Daily Express published an extract from Charmaine Yabsley's book featuring "beauty superfoods that can roll back the years."  The extract included Charmaine's tips on the best fruits and nuts for healthy skin, hair and nails - as well as three recipes for "pampering treats to make at home." 

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14 Jan 2016
"In Their Own Words"
in a four-page magazine feature

Rachel Vogeleisen's collection of portraits and testimonials recording the experiences of 21 women who volunteered during World War Two is the subject of a four-page feature in the January 2016 issue of 'The Armourer.' 

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13 Jan 2016
"Farewell, Cowboy" makes the
Irish Times Books of the Year list

Olja Savičević's novel was chosen by Eileen Battersby as one of her "Books of the Year 2015" for The Irish Times.  Ms Battersby described 'Farewell, Cowboy' as "Beautifully subversive". 

Click here for more details about the book

9 Jan 2016
COMPETITION is now closed
AND THE LUCKY WINNERS ARE .....

Thank you to everybody who entered. Congratulations to our three lucky winners: Ms F Hope (Horsmonden, Kent); Ms D Kay (Hove, Sussex) and Mr J Searancke (Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire). They each receive a copy of Doreen Holt's "Pennies in the Grass".  

7 Jan 2016
COMPETITION TIME!
Your chance to win "Pennies in the Grass"

I have three copies of Doreen Holt's bitter-sweet memoir (featured in the Christmas edition of People's Friend) to give away to the first three people to email me their UK postal addresses. Doreen's book tells of her life in Liverpool in the 1930s & 1940s and what happened when she reluctantly followed her husband to Canada in the 1960s. Despite sorrows along the way, Doreen never stopped being thankful for those unexpected joys that life offer - those "Pennies in the Grass". 

2 Jan 2016
High praise for Andrej Nikolaidis'
"Till Kingdom Come"

The Central and Eastern European London Review says, "... an entertaining, page-turning read ... Nikolaidis is one of those writers who can put into words thoughts you'd half articulated and tell you things you didn't know you already knew."  

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31 Dec 2015
Happy New Year
wishing you health, happiness & success in 2016

Thank you to all our authors, publishers and other clients for their support in 2015. We wish you all a peaceful and prosperous new year.

30 Dec 2015
"The Lines of Tamar"
Praised by press and readers

The plot of Sheila Mughal's novel is described by '"The Leigh Observer" group of papers (28 Dec 2015) as "A race against time to uncover family secrets from the past. A climatic battle between good and evil."  The novel has also received eight 5-star customer reviews on amazon - so far ...

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28 Dec 2015
'Homunculus: FairyTales from the Left Pocket'
hailed as "fairy tales for the postmodern world"

Future Fire blog said of Aleksandar Prokopiev's collection of short stories, " ... reaches for the most interesting pieces of folk culture and transforms them to create a totally modern blend of myths tailored to the human condition of the 21st century." 

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23 Dec 2015
Season's Greetings
Wishing you a joyous Yuletide and a happy new year

Thank you to all our clients and authors for helping to make 2015 such a great year.  

Instead of sending Christmas cards, I make donations to three charities: IMPACT Foundation, Oxfam and Red Cross.

I wish you and your families a very happy Christmastime.

22 Dec 2015
"Yugoslavia, My Fatherland" is
"profound and important" says Irish Times

Reviewing Goran Goran Vojnovic's book, 'The Irish Times' said: "It is profound and important and far more convincing than many more imagined and over-hyped works which simply lack the essential truths which only an insider can bring to the narrative." 

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19 Dec 2015
Competition results
And the lucky winners are ....

The competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The five lucky winners are: Mr B Calver (Southwick); Ms K Hughes (Chichester); Mr P Marsden (Derby); Mr J Searancke (Lancashire) & Mr S Cooper (Lewes). They each receive a copy of "The Oracles of Troy"  by Glyn Iliffe. 

Click here for details of all books by Glyn Iliffe

18 Dec 2015
COMPETITION TIME !
Your chance to win "The Oracles of Troy"

I have five copies of Glyn Iliffe's Adventures of Odysseus novel "The Oracles of Troy" to give away.  The first five people to email me with their UK postal address will each receive a copy of this best-selling author’s account of the dramatic events that led to the most infamous deception in history: The Trojan Horse.

17 Dec 2015
'Modern Art Adventures'
featured in 'Primary Times'

The November-Janaury issues of 'Primary Times' in London & The South East recommended the book to their 300,000 readers and ran a competition too. The book contains creative, fun art projects (based on modern masterpieces) for children aged 6+. Perfect for Xmas holidays and gloomy winter weekends. Click here for fook details or to buy.

15 Dec 2015
'The People's Friend' loves
"Pennies in the Grass" by Doreen Holt

The magazine loves the book so much that they have devoted a double-page spread of their Christmas issue (19 Dec 2015 - on sale now) to an extract from the book in which Doreen Holt remembers Christmas in Liverpool in the 1930s. 'Money was tight during the 1930s but Doreen Holt remembers her childhood Christmases with nothing but joy." 

Click here to learn more about "Pennies in the Grass" or to order the book

11 Dec 2015
COMPETITION is now closed
And our lucky winners are .....

Congratualtions to Mr N Ashwell (Brighton); Ms M Harding (Shoreham) & Mr J Searancke (Poulton le Fylde)  each of whom have won a copy of "Annie's Story" signed by the author, Fenella Forster.  Thank you to everybody who entered - and please look out for Fenella's new Voyagers novel 'Juliet's Story' which is released on 25th January 2016 - and do keep a look out here and on social media as we have lots more competitions coming soon from EllyDonovanPR.  

3 Dec 2015
"Yugoslavia, My Fatherland" is
'Balkan brilliance ... required reading'

In the run-up to the 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Agreement, The Irish Times says of Goran Vojnovic's novel, "... this may be the most insightful and measured response to the agonies and the horrors .... profound ... a seamlessly technically sophisticated work. This is a fine novel; it is also a very important book." 

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2 Dec 2015
COMPETITION is now closed
"It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half"

Thank you to all the people who entered.  The two lucky winners are: Mr F Liversage (Fringford, Oxfordshire) and Ms C Fitzgerald (Brighton, Sussex). They each receive a copy of Steve Anker's hilarious book.  Watch out for more competitions here and on Twitter & Facebook soon. 

30 Nov 2015
"The Journey That Never Was"
5-page photo feature in 'Mini World Magazine'

The Jan 2016 issue (out now) describes Jeanne de Ferranti's story as "a round-the-world adventure in a 1959 Mini in the early 1960s. It is highly likely that this was the first such a journey and the author's account is truly inspiring ... A brilliant new book" 

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28 Nov 2015
"Homunculus: Fairy Tales from the Left Pocket"
is a 'treasure trove'

Future Fire website describes Aleksandar Prokopiev's collection of adult fairy stories as, "a cycle of tales each revolving around a universe, both fantastic and real ... a treasure trove of literary knowledge and wisdom that stretches far beyond the borders of countries and ideologies to win the hearts and minds of all readers around the globe" 

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27 Nov 2015
A lovely review for Joyce Lovely's
"Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God"

Radio Clatterbridge interviewed Joyce about her memoir of growing-up in Merseyside during WWII - and reviewed the book on their website describing it as, "A beautifully drawn portrait of the place and its people ... a humorous and warm personal history, rich in colour, a detailed account of the war years in Liverpool." 

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26 Nov 2015
High praise for "Till Kingdom Come"

Author Kay Sexton says of Andrej Nikolaidis' novel, " if you like a book that challenges you on several levels ... if you like Milan Kundera and Kafka, this will definitely work for you!  ... marrying as it does a polemic journalistic exposé of the failures of post cold war Balkan States with a mad adventure into a world where nobody is who they seemed ..." 

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25 Nov 2015
Full-page feature for "In Their Own Words"
"The Women Who Served in WWII"

The Armourer (Nov 2015) interview with photographer & author Rachel Vogeleisen described her book as, "a project that would celebrate not just the work of women during the war, but also their spirit, wit and fortitude ...The culmination of ten years of research, the book is a collection of portraits and memories of 21 women who volunteered during World War II" 

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23 Nov 2015
"Yugoslavia, My Fatherland" praised as
'wonderfully insightful'

Goran Vojnović's novel about the Yugoslav Wars is described by the blog Messenger's Booker as: "a wonderfully insightful look at that period of history in a subtle yet tormenting work, a book that takes the struggle of identity and truth and aligns a nation to a family history; yet another gem from Istros books." 

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21 Nov 2015
Competition Results

Thank you to everybody who entered the competition on 20th November 2015. The three lucky winners were: J. Hawkins (Southwick); R. McHardy (Cumbernauld) & P. Buttery (Brighton). They each win a copy of "All About Aliens". 

Watch out for future competitions here, on Facebook and on Twitter.

20 Nov 2015
COMPETITION TIME ! Your chance to
win a copy of "All About Aliens"

On 20th November 1984, the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute was founded. So it is fitting that today (courtesy of Mereo Books) I have three copies of "All About Aliens" to give away.  The first three people to email me their postal address (UK only) will each win a copy of this fun, fact-packed book about UFOs and our search for life beyond our own planet.

18 Nov 2015
"Dry Season" by Gabriela Babnik
High praise for an unusual love story

Literary website, Rough Ghosts says of this story of love between a 62-year-old European woman and a 27-year-old African man: "This novel is a demanding and startlingly rewarding read .... grows increasingly surreal, leading to an exhilerating and shocking revelation in the final pages" 

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13 Nov 2015
Best of British mag's Book of the Month !
"The Journey That Never Was"

The Book of the Month in the November issue of Best of British magazine (read by over 100,000 people) is Jeanne de Ferranti's memoir of travelling around the world in a Mini in the 1960s. The magazine said, "An interesting tale of challenge ... it shows a changed world and many not to be repeated scenes."

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9 Nov 2015
"Yugoslavia, My Fatherland"
'Balkan brilliance," says The Irish Times

The lengthy review of Goran Vojnović's novel in The Irish Times (Sat 7 Nov 2015) described the book as, "a work which will be required reading within and beyond the Balkans. It is profound and important ...This is a fine novel; it is also a very important book." 

Click here to read the full review - and click here for book details or to buy.

8 Nov 2015
Lest we forget

This picture was painted in Spring 1918 in Flanders by my ambulance-driver grandfather, JA Weedy. He used a child's paintbox and writing paper as that was all he could obtain.  The painting shows shell-blasted trees coming back into bud after the Second Battle of the Somme.

7 Nov 2015
Remembrance - competition results
And our winners are ....

Mr M Oxtoby (Malvern); Mr C Moore (Brighton) & Ms H Rochez (Chichester) each won a copy of Sir Harold Atcherley's WW2 diary, "Prisoner of Japan";  Mr P Buttery (Brighton); Ms D Kay (Hove); Mr M Oxtoby (Malvern); Mr K Russell (Sutton) and Ms D Barnes (Tunbridge Wells) each won a copy of John Hughes-Wilson's WW1 novel, "1914: First Blood".  Thank you to everybody who entered. Watch out for more competitions very soon. 

6 Nov 2015
COMPETITION - for Remembrance
Win a copy of "1914: First Blood"

I have five copies of "1914:First Blood" - the first novel in the Tommy Gunn Adventures series written by respected military historian, John Hughes-Wilson. (The second book in the series, "1915: Pride and Glory" will be published soon).  The first FIVE people to email me with their postal address (UK only) will each win a copy of "1914: First Blood." Please use the words "1914 Competition" in the email subject line. 

5 Nov 2015
Lovely review for Sheila Mughal's
"The Lines of Tamar"

The October 2015 issue of 'Lancashire Living' said, "An absorbing tale of twin sisters, their relationships and an acient prophesy that could threaten their very existence."  The reviewer also said (in a message to the author) "Literally couldn't put it down. Loved it ..." 

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4 Nov 2015
Carole McCall on TalkRadioEurope
discussing "The Boomer Generation"

Carole McCall was interviewed on TRE's DriveTime Programme (3/11/15) about her books and her life.

Click here to hear the interview (25 minutes into the recording)

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3 Nov 2015
'Highly recommended' "In Their Own Words"
"Women Who Served in WWII"

FROST magazine (Oct 2015) says of Rachel Vogeleisen's collection of portraits and testimonials, "a beautifully presented and fascinating glimpse of history from a female perspective ...extraordinary and extremely humbling ... a celebration of women in their old age - their wisdom, wit, warmth and fortitude." 

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2 Nov 2015
COMPETITION - in remembrance of WW2
Three copies of "Prisoner of Japan" to give away

The first three people to email me with their postal address (UK only) will each win a copy of Sir Harold Atcherley's "Prisoner of Japan."  The book is Sir Harold's personal war diary from his time as one of the prisoners of war who was forced to build the notorious Burma-Siam death railway.  The book is illustrated with drawings by Ronald Searle OBE who was a PoW with Sir Harold. 

29 Oct 2015
High praise for Andrej Nikolaidis' book
"Till Kingdom Come"

The Shiny New Books website said, " ... the writing is gorgeous ... dark, chuckling satire at its finest ... a blackly humorous and satirical look at one man's mental deterioration." 

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27 Oct 2015
COMPETITION RESULTS
and the lucky winner is ....

... Bob McHardy of Glasgow who wins a copy of "Cupid's War" and a copy of "Thank You Mister Bosh". 

Comiserations to those who missed out this time - but do keep watching here and on Facebook & Twitter for more competitions coming very soon! 

26 Oct 2015
COMPETITION - win two WW1 books
The first person to email Elly with their UK postal address will be the winner

In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday I have a two books to give away to just one lucky winner. The books are "Cupid's War: The True Story of a Horse That Went to War" by Martin Laurie; and "Thank You Mr Bosh: That's Close Enough: Letters Home from The Somme" by Major Herbert R Hoskins MC. Hurry!  The first person to email Elly with their postal address (UK only) will be the only winner. 

23 Oct 2015
"Yugoslavia, My Fatherland" well-received in
run-up to 20th Anniversary of end of Bosnian War

"... intensely powerful new release from Istros ... one of the most impassioned novels I have read in a long time ... a complex story that deftly weaves back and forth in time, negotiating the highly-charged, ethnic and geographical divisions that have long defined and divided the Balkan region."  Rough Ghosts, 6 October 2015.

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22 Oct 2015
Praise for "Out of the Red"
by Anna J Skye

The Gloucester Echo Weekend magazine says, about this adults-only book: "In the face of crippling debt, Anna Skye discovered spanking was an easy way out ... an errotic book about her experiences ... moving and often very funny."  

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21 Oct 2015
A great review from America for
"As I Walked Out Through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee"

The Volunteer website described PD Murphy's book as "an enjoyable and informative read for anyone interested in the life or writings of Laurie Lee, the ghosts of the Spanish Civil War that still haunt Spain's psyche, or the geography, history, art and people of Spain." 

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20 Oct 2015
"Till Kingdom Come"
is "illuminating" and "captivating"

The Central and Eastern European London Review says of Andrej Nikolaidis' novel, "As a picture of the world view that the Balkan Wars have left in their wake, 'Till Kingdom Come' could scarcely be more shocking - or illuminating ... full of bleak humour, spikey truths, captivating ideas ...." 

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14 Oct 2015
COMPETITION TIME!!! Win a book
Email Elly for your chance to be one of three lucky winners

I have THREE copies of "SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS: A Self-Coaching Workbook for Parents and Those Considering Becoming Parents" to give away - one to each of the first three people who email me with their postal address (UK only). The book (RRP £24.99) helps new Mums & Dads to juggle the demands of a busy life while being the best parent they possibly can and is written by professional coaching experts and a Professor of Education & Child Psychology.

 

13 Oct 2015
Praise for "The Cloth Elephant"
David Fawkes' "intriguing novel"

St Christophers Live-Your-Life ezine said: An intriguing novel .... [we see] through the eyes of a 7-year-old the rise of the Nazis, the horror of World War Two, the final days of the Third Reich and the post-war struggles to rebuild the shattered communities of Europe." 

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9 Oct 2015
Hear Joyce M Lovely
on BBC Radio Merseyside

Joyce M Lovely spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about her memoir, Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God describing life growing-up in Liverpool during WW2.

Click here to listen to the interview (30 mins into the programme)

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8 Oct 2015
Irish Times praises Croatian novels
including "Farewell, Cowboy" from Istros

The Irish Times said, "There are so many impressive works coming from Croatian writers in Translation ... such as Farewell, Cowboy  ... which wittily and surrealistically explores the post-war communal trauma of Bosnia."

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6 Oct 2015
Listen to Joyce M Lovely on
Talk Radio Europe

Joyce M Lovely spoke to Talk Radio Europe about her memoir, Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God describing life growing-up during WW2.

Click here to listen to the interview.

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2 Oct 2015
Competition update: "The White Queen of Middleham"
AND THE LUCKY WINNERS ARE .....

Our four lucky winners - who will each receive a copy of "The White Queen of Middleham" are: Margaret Adamson (from Hull); Tracy Forrest (from Glasgow); Julie Jones (from Willingham) and Debby Brown (from Greenhithe). Comiserations to those who missed out this time - but keep watching here and on Facebook & Twitter for more competitions coming soon! 

1 Oct 2015
COMPETITION TIME! Win a book
Email Elly for your chance to be one of four lucky winners

I have FOUR copies of Leslie J Nickell's The White Queen of Middleham to give away - one to each of the first four people who email me with their postal address (UK only). The book (RRP £12.99) is a historical novel about Richard III's wife, Anne Neville - the only Queen of England who had also been a kitchen-maid.

29 Sep 2015
High praise for "Till Kingdom Come"
and for author Andrej Nikolaidis

The Cental and Eastern European London Review said on 28 Sept 2015 of Nikolaidis, "A new, buoyant addition to that family of writers numbering Konrad, Kundera and Nadas in its ranks, he is clearly one to watch."  Click here to read the full review

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24 Sep 2015
CONGRATULATIONS
to our competition winners

The two lucky winners are: John Serancke and Paul Cheney. Each will receive a copy of "As I Walked Out Through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee" by PD Murphy.

For book details or to buy, click here 

23 Sep 2015
COMPETITION TIME!!!! Win a book
email Elly for your chance to win

To mark the screening of on BBC TV’s adaptation of “Cider With Rosie” by Laurie Lee (Sunday 27 September) I have two copies of P D Murphy’s “As I Walked Out Through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee” to give away to the first two people who email me with their postal addresses (UK & ROI only).  P D Murphy is the first person to have repeated Laurie Lee’s entire 1935 journey through Spain (as described in Lee’s book, ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’)

18 Sep 2015
Irish Times praised "My Father's Dreams"
as 'shocking, offbeat, funny and sad'

The Irish Times said, "Evald Flisar [author] undertakes fearless forays into the bizarre ways in which the mind works ... from the first paragraph, Flisar stamps his singular brand of anarchic irony on what is to follow ... a novel about vulnerability and corruption as well as madness and despair ...psychologically sophisticated, it asks profound questions."

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17 Sep 2015
Praise for "Farewell,Cowboy"
from 'The Guardian'

Author Olja Savičević "has a rare ability to speak of the deadly serious with a hedonisitic lightness that lures you into a spirit of adandon, only to go on to deliver breathtaking blows of insight ... with this novel, which lodges itself in your chest like a friendly bullet, a glorious new European voice has arrived."

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14 Sep 2015
Weekly News loves "The Journey That Never Was"
"Around the World in a Mini in the Early 1960s"

On 5th Sept 2015, The Weekly News described Jeanne DeFerranti and her travelling companion as, "real trail blazers" and calls her book  "an incredible tale of youthful adventure done just for the sheer thrill of it."

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11 Sep 2015
"Annie's Story" featured in this week's
The People's Friend magazine

The 12th Sept 2015 issue of this famous story magazine recommended Fenella Forster's book and said, "curl up with a good book we're sure you're going to love."  

Click here for book details or to buy

8 Sep 2015
A smashing review for Carole McCall's
"The Boomer Generation"

The September 2015 issues of Life Magazines said, "... a charmingly honest resume of a life lived to maximise whatever opportunities the world threw at her. Full of lively and descriptive accounts ... see the world through another's perceptive eyes."

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3 Sep 2015
A glowing review for
"Farewell, Cowboy"

Book Oxygen website says of Croatian, Olja Savičević's novel, "speaks with wrathful melancholy of her people's self destructive impulses. Make no mistake, this is a story to give any casual tourist pause ... [the author's] anarchic modern voice leaps off the page." 

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1 Sep 2015
Annie's Story (The Voyagers)
highly praised in Life Magazines

Life Magazines (Kent) said of Fenella Forster's historical novel, "The pleasure in this read must be in the descriptive detail .... We should congratulate - and support - less well known authors, for the quality of both writing and plot can often exceed that of the 'commercial' writer .... we wait for more." 

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31 Aug 2015
A great review for Michael Khatkar's
"Tortured Love"

The Rugby Advertiser said of this adults-only book,"While not a sequel to his debut release, this latest volume explores many of its characters and forces readers to face the depths of the human psyche ... The author's new book will delight readers of drama and horror"

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28 Aug 2015
High praise for Joyce M Lovely's
"Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God"

"A funny, touching and heart-warming portrait of wartime and beyond ...a beautifully drawn portrait of the place [Liverpool] and its people ... gentle, fascinating and humorous ...rich in colour and detail ... beautifully written, this is the perfect summer read." said Frost magazine (June 2015)

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26 Aug 2015
Great review for
"Close to the Edge"

Tim Moss' collection of short stories (for adults) is described by St Christopher's newsletter as, "amazing short stories that stretch the imagination and always involve a delicious twist."   

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25 Aug 2015
Mirror Online features
Anna Skye's "Out of the Red"

The Mirror website said of this adults-only memoir: "an erotic, moving and often very funny account of her life before and after becoming embroilled in the world of spanking."

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24 Aug 2015
Praise for Michael Naya's
"War Medic Hero"

Spirit FM's website bookclub said, "Written with pride and love which spills onto every page, Michael paints a vivid portrait of his hero brother .... Highly recommended, War Medic Hero is a book to make you stop, think and count your blessings." 

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23 Aug 2015
St Christopher's recommends
"The Journey That Never Was"

The August 2015 issue of St Christopher's Inns newsletter says of Jeanne De Ferranti's account of her 1960s journey around the world in a Mini, "It's the ultimate tale of two mates hitting the road but it never made it into the record books or the press! Join Jane and Jeanne on their drive around the world."

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22 Aug 2015
Chichester News highly recommends
The Dancing Debutante

Chichester News said of Elfrida Eden Fallowfield's memoir, "highly recommended .... dive into this compelling page-turner. Oozing glamour and class - the sincerity, humour and goodness of this splendid lady comes through loud and clear on each and every page."

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21 Aug 2015
The Independent praises "My Father's Dreams"

The Independent said, "For a small country, Slovenia boasts some giants: Evald Flisar is prolific and often shocking ....  with fantastic flair and insight into the psyche and the grotesque."  The novel is published by Istros Books who specialise in bringing us English translations of the some the finest, prize-winning writing from South Eastern Europe.

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20 Aug 2015
Ice Cream, Gas Masks and God
"gloriously nostalgic" say Candis magazine

The August 2015 issue of Candis says of Joyce M Lovely's memoir, "This is a tender and humorous story of a young girl growing up in the war years of 1940s Liverpool ... It is a beautifully and accessibly written account; fascinating, funny and gloriously nostalgic ... charming."

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19 Aug 2015
Scottish Field magazine praises
"Bonnie Montrose" by William F McHardy

"A poetry-and-song tribute to the lovely coastal town of Montrose ... first published in 1899 by [a] local resident who celebrated the struggles, triumphs amd tribulations of his friends and neighbours," says Scottish Field. The book was been reissued by the author's descendants to raise money for health care charities,

Click here for more details or to order.

18 Aug 2015
Candis magazine loves
"Total Detox Plan"

"Look your best with Charmaine Yabsley's 'Total Detox Plan' featuring a one-day total cleanse to leave you glowing from head to toe." says Candis magazine (June 2015)

Click here for book details or to order

17 Aug 2015
High praise for 'Annie's Story' from
Historical Novels Society Review

Fenella Forster's novel about a young British housemaid emigrating to Australia in 1913 is described by HNS Review (August 2015) as, "very enjoyable ...with smooth and well-paced writing ... skilled setting of scenes and characters ... a very entertaining and worthwhile read."

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15 Aug 2015
Marking VJ Day 70 years on
Sir Harold Atcherley's message of forgiveness

In interviews in The Radio Times this week and on BBC TVBBC Radio to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day, the former POW who was forced by the Japanese to work on 'the death railway' explains why he has chosen to forgive and why he has befriended a former Japanese soldier.  Sir Harold (now aged 97) says, "What good does it do to carry on hating? It only damages you."

Read Sir Harold's personal war diary: click here for details 

12 Aug 2015
Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God
is a hit with "The People's Friend"

Joyce M Lovely's memoir earned a double-page spread feature (with lots of photos) in "The People's Friend" in July. The magazine praised the book, describing it as "an affectionate look back at growing up in Liverpool during World War II".

Click here to buy the book

10 Aug 2015
It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half
"a great read" says Sussex Living

Steve Ankers' book is "a funny, idiosyncratic account of his long-suffering life immersed in the world of animals ... crammed with anecdotes ... The tales are by turns funny, moving, serious and utterly comic ....a great read" says Sussex Living magazine.

Click here to buy the book

7 Aug 2015
High praise from "The Guardian"
for "Farewell, Cowboy"

The Guardian said of Olja Savičević's novel "Breathtaking blows of insight ... It shines ... a journey into the dark passions of small town life ... perfectly pitched prose that almost moves on the page ...".

Click here for more information

6 Aug 2015
Remembering Hiroshima 70 years on
Sir Harold Atcherley talks to BBC News

Sir Harold, who was a POW of the Japanese and was forced to work on the Burma-Siam death railway during WW2, spoke to the BBC's Fergal Keane for a report shown on BBC ONE's News at Ten and the BBC News Website.

Click here to watch the whole report

5 Aug 2015
THE JOURNEY THAT NEVER WAS
features in St Christopher's Inns Live-Your-Life

The July 2015 issue offers you a short extract from Jeanne de Ferranti's exciting and funny book about her journey "Around the World in a Mini in the Early 1960s"

Click here to read the extract and, if you like it, why not click here to buy the book?

31 Jul 2015
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23 Jun 2015
National & international media coverage
for reconciled enemies 70 years after WW2

Media from the UK, Japan, China, France and other countries are covering the remarkable story of Sir Harold Atcherley and Mr Mikio Kinoshita's meeting in London. The Japanese Ambassador and former Far-East POWs attended a reception on 22nd June to mark the occasion and remember all those who lost their lives building the Burma-Siam death railway. Click the links here to:  watch the BBC TV's report or to read the Daily Telegraph's feature.

22 Jun 2015
BBC TV & Daily Telegraph feature
reconciliation of former enemies

Sir Harold Atcherely (96 - former POW) and Mr Mikio Kinoshita (95 - former Japanese Army engineer) meet 73 years after both working on the notorious Burma-Siam death railway.

Click here to see BBC TV's report

Click here to read the Daily Telegraph report.

5 Jun 2015
Carole McCall on BBC Surrey & BBC Sussex
on "The Boomer Generation"

Carole and the BBC's Danny Pike discuss life for those born between 1946 - 1964.  Click here to listen to the interview.  (2 hrs 38 mins into the programme)

Click here to buy the book.

1 Jun 2015
Steve Ankers features in
The Weekly News

On 23rd May 2015, 'The Weekly News' published a lengthy article on Steve Ankers' book, "It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half" in which they said, "Life's never dull with all creatures great and small. There are all sorts of quirky stories in Steve's book about a vet's life."

Click here to buy the book

9 May 2015
High praise from "The Guardian"
for "Farewell, Cowboy"

Today's Guardian says of Olja Savičević's novel: "Dazzling, funny and deady serious, this perfectly pitched novel about the legacy of the Yugoslav war heralds the arrival of an exciting new European voice."  Click here to read the full review.

Click here for book details

6 May 2015
BONNIE MONTROSE: Poems & Songs
Well-received in Montrose

Commenting on the re-issue of this book to raise money for three health-care charities, The Montrose Review said, "despite dating back to the end of the 19th Century, the poems brim over with timeless themes that still resonate .."

Click here to buy the book

4 May 2015
Countryside La Vie recommends
War Medic Hero by Michael Naya

The magazine said, "The true story of two brothers in the Royal Army Medical Corps, 'War Medic Hero' is younger borther Michael's tribute to his older sibling, Pierre; a hero of the Falklands War who served on the ill-fated ship, Sir Galahad ... special resonance ... deeply moving."

Click here for book details or to buy

2 May 2015
Frost magazine praises
"Tortured Love"

17 April issue of Frost magazine describes Michael Khatkar's sexually explicity and violent thriller as having "... a curiously lyrical quality ... a gripping narrative while exploring some bizarre threads ... a unique story ... inspite of being profoundly disturbing, also manages to convey a message of hope. Highly recommened."

Adults only: click here for details about the book

30 Apr 2015
Wonderful review for
"Farewell, Cowboy"

The Irish Times says, "The humour and sheer anarchy of the action combined with the comic exasperation and unforgettable characters ... make this subversively appealing novel all the more profound; even unexpectedly beautiful."

Click here to read the full review.  Click here for more book information

29 Apr 2015
Hawthorn's Hill is recommended as
"a gripping adventure ..."

The April 2015 issue of Chichester Local  described Denis Redmond's book, 'Hawthorn's Hill' as having, "broad appeal, especially to those who enjoyed the Sharpe novels." and went on to say that the book is "a gripping adventure and a highly recommended read."

Click here for more book details or to buy

26 Apr 2015
Two Marathons in Two Weeks
Hazel did it!

Congratualtions to the amazing Hazel Rochez who completed The Brighton Marathon on 12th April and The London Marathon on 26th April to raise money for Alzheimer's Society in memory of her mother. A wonderful achievement! 

To donate please click here

25 Apr 2015
Col. John Hughes-Wilson's WW1 novel
is well-received at Nottingham Castle

A reception was held at Nottingham Castle on 15 April to celebrate the eminent military historian's novel "1914: First Blood: A Tommy Gunn Adventure." The Nottingham Post said, "A brave new hero is introduced to the literary world ... The author has used his knowledge of warfare to spin a compelling tale of men in combat .... " 

For further book details or to buy, click here

24 Apr 2015
Congratulations to Fenella Forster
on the launch of "Annie's Story"

The Mayor and Mayoress of Tunbridge Wells were among the many guests at the local branch of Waterstones on 22nd April to celebrate the publication of "Annie's Story" by author, Fenella Forster (pictured). A wonderful time was had by all.

For book details or to buy, please click here.  

23 Apr 2015
High praise for "Hawthorn's Hill"
from Frost magazine, April issue

Frost describes Denis Redmond's debut novel as, "Intelligently written, sharp & cleverly conceived ... [with] a terrific plot at its heart ... sharp humour, well-drawn characters and authentic dialogue ... refreshing and remarkably adept."

Click here for book details or to buy

22 Apr 2015
WigWam Toys on BBC Radio Sussex
celebrating the 2nd anniversary of this magical toyshop

Clair and Jesse, the owners of WigWam Toys (at Five Ways, Brighton) told the BBC's Danny Pike about their first two years of running the shop, about their plans for the future - and some of the gunky toys that prove most popular with children. See WigWam Toys on Facebook & Twitter.

Click here to listen to the interview (1 hour 20 mins into the programme).

16 Apr 2015
The London Book Fair 2015
A big success

My clients have been enjoying lots of success at The London Book Fair 14-16 April 2015 including the launch of "Farewell, Cowboy" from Istros Books - a book described by The Irish Times as, "beautiful" & "subversively appealing".

Click here to read the review

Click here for more book details 

7 Apr 2015
Irish Times hails "Farewell, Cowboy" as
'a beautiful, subversively appealing novel'

One week ahead of this novel's London Book Fair launch, The Irish Times says, "humour and sheer anarchy ... comic ... unforgetable characters ... profound ... unexpectedly beautiful ... should be filmed."

Click here to read the full review

Click here for more book details

1 Apr 2015
What's life like when married to a vet?
Steve Ankers tells BBC Radio Sussex

Author Steve and Vet Margaret spoke to Danny Pike about their lives caring for animals (and their owners)

Click here to listen to the interview (2hours, 40 mins into the programme)

Click here for more book details

30 Mar 2015
Hear author Catherine Gilling
on Talk Radio Europe

Catherine was interviewed about her two historical novels "Corinna" and "Thistledown" on The Book Programme.

Click here to listen to the interview

Click here to buy the books

29 Mar 2015
Hear Hazel Rochez at 10:10am
BBC Radio Sussex - Mon 30 March

Hazel is attempting the Brighton Marathon and the London Marathon (two weeks apart) to raise money for Alzheimer's Society in memory of her mother.

Click here for more info / to donate

21 Mar 2015
The Great War by Aleksandar Gatalica
reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement

Mark Thompson says in the latest edition of the TLS, "...refreshes an over-familiar history, weaving surrealist fantasies into the documented record. ...‘This may be the most noteworthy comic novel since Jaroslav Hašek’s ‘The Good Soldier Švejk’…’

Click here for more book details

14 Mar 2015
Lovely review for Steve Ankers'
"It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half"

"This entertaining book kept me completely engrossed .... lively and interesting with lots of anecdotes about unusual pets and their owners. I thoroughly enjoyed it." says SixtyPlusSurfers website

Click here for book details

8 Mar 2015
Stunning video trailer for
It Starts with a Kiss

Doesn't every middle-aged woman wish she could be 21 again?  Be careful what you wish for ...

See S N Weddle's adult fairytale brought to life ...Click here to view the video trailer

Click here to buy the book

5 Mar 2015
Fascinating article in the March issue of
"Cornwall Today" magazine

P J Murphy retraced the steps of Laurie Lee's Spanish journey in his book.  Cornwall Today says, "offers fresh insights into Lee's journeys through a greatly troubled Spain."

Click here to read the article

Click here for book details

25 Feb 2015
A glowing review for
"Total Detox Plan"

Chichester Local's book of the month for March 2015. The magazine said, "One to look out for ... well explained, and with plenty of solid advice and encouragement ... a detox plan that is not only sensible, but entirely achievable .... embrace this book and feel - and see - the difference."

Click here for book details/to buy

24 Feb 2015
Two lovely reviews for
Swimming Against The Tide

Sixtyplusurfers website calls George P Raven's book, "thought-provoking & forthright" offering "interesting insights into the workings and culture of the police force" while The Spirit FM Book Club described it as a "fascinating, compelling page-turner."

Click here for book details

23 Feb 2015
Praise for Catherine Gilling
from The Chichester Local

The Chichester Local magazine describes Catherine Gilling's gripping historical novel, "Corrina" as "... a stirring romance .... meticulously researched .... compelling."

Click here to buy the book

20 Feb 2015
The Daily Express loves
"The Dancing Debutante"

The Daily Express described Elfrida Eden Fallowfield's book as, "an entertaining peek into a world of 1950s and 1960s society 'gals' ...". Elfrida (the neice of former PM Sir Anthony Eden) was one of the last ever debutantes to be presented to HM The Queen.

Click here to buy the book

18 Feb 2015
Praise for "Thank You Mister Bosh"
Letters home from the Somme 1915-1916

Evergreen Magazine recommeneded this book as, " ...a vivid first-hand account of what it was like for the soldiers on the ground during the first world war."

Click here for book details

17 Feb 2015
Delia Despair interviewed
"The Grown-Ups Wouldn't Like It"

Delia tells Talk Radio Europe about her extraordinary life 

Click here to listen to the interview

Click here to buy the book

  

16 Feb 2015
Meet the author
Andrew C.F.Whitehead interview

Andrew was recently interviewed by the Spirit FM Book Club about his writing and the inspiration for his book, "Into the Digital Ether'

Click here to read the interview

Click here to buy the book 

13 Feb 2015
"Moving" and "powerful"
High praise for Martin Laurie's book

Sixtyplusurfers website highly recommends "Cupid's War: The True Story of a Horse that Went to War." The reviewer said, "I really enjoyed reading this moving and courageous story about a young man who had to face the horrors of war, together with his cherished horse .... powerful, compelling and beautifully told ..."

Click here for book details

11 Feb 2015
The Five Hundred Year War
reviewed by The Historical Novels Society

The Feb 2015 issue of Historical Novels Review (from the HNS) said, "Edward Tovey describes the battles with some well-researched historical facts ... should be enjoyed by readers who are interested in family stories and relationships based around this dramatic period and events ... The use of WW1 poetry within the novel worked very well." 

Click here for more book details

9 Feb 2015
"It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half"
Steve Ankers tellsTalk Radio Europe

Steve talked about his life as the brother of a vet and the husband of a vet and how 'all creatures grunt and smell!'

Click here to hear the interview

Click here for book details

8 Feb 2015
Thank You Mister Bosh: That's Close Enough!
recommended by The Good Book Guide

The Good Book Guide said of Herbert Hoskins' letters home from The Somme, "His stoicism and cheerfulness is all the more extraordinary as he witnesses scenes for which no amount of education could have prepared him ... these letters vividly recount those scenes, for future generations who have escaped such a coming of age."

Click here for book details

6 Feb 2015
"1914: First Blood" praised by
Historical Novel Society

The February 2015 issue of the 'HNS Review', describing John Hughes-Wilson's WW1 novel, said: "... does a great job in portraying the gradual realisation of soldiers of the magnitude of this war. Immaculately researched ... this is a find for everyone who wants to read and in-depth account of 1914 warfare ... whet my appetite to learn more ..."

Click here for book details

5 Feb 2015
Glyn Iliffe discusses 'The Oracles of Troy'
on Talk Radio Europe

The best-selling author talked to Hannah Murray about the latest book in his series of historical novels, 'The Adventures of Odysseus'.

Click here to hear the interview

Click here to buy the book

4 Feb 2015
Elly Donovan PR is two today!
Thank you everyone!

On the second anniversary of the launch of Elly Donovan PR, we'd like to say a very big thank you to all our authors and publishers for their business  - and all the journalists, producers and editors for their interest and support. We're looking forward to many more successful years.

2 Feb 2015
An interview with one of the last debs
Elfrida Eden Fallowfield on Talk Radio Europe

Elifrida was the neice of former PM, Sir Anthony Eden and one of the last debutantes ever to be presented to HM The Queen. She talked about her life, her loves, her career in dance and the celebrities she met along the way in an interview with Talk Radio Europe.

Click here to listen to the interview

Click here to buy the book

31 Jan 2015
The Five Hundred Year War
is "captivating" and "well-written"

The February issue of Your Family Tree magazine decribes Edward Tovey's epic novel as: "A captivating work that draws on historical events ... a heart-rending story of love & war ... Tovey clearly immersed himself in research, and there are details to be savoured on battle tactics and weaponary in the 15th Century ... A well-written tale of love and war set against the backdrop of the Somme." 

Click here for more info or to buy the book

30 Jan 2015
Steve Ankers on Latest TV 7pm tonight
on his life surrounded by vets & animals

Don't miss the author of the very funny book, "It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half" on The Brighton Lights programme this evening talking about his chaotic life as the husband of a vet!

Watch live (or catch-up) at www.thelatest.tv or Freeview Channel 8 or Virgin Media 159.

Click here to buy Steve's book

29 Jan 2015
The Scottish Sunday Express on
"Bonnie Montrose" by William F McHardy

Poems and songs from a Montrose man "First published in 1899, it includes stories of colourful locals, the beauty of the changing seasons and the harsh Angus winters .... profits will go to Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK." The Scottish Sunday Express

Click here to buy the book

28 Jan 2015
Your Family Tree magazine recommends
"1914: First Blood" by John Hughes-Wilson

"... an emotional read that transports the modern-day reader to the desperation of WW1 trenches where loss, starvation and gloom curdled with soldiers' blood and ice cold mud. Love also appears in all its guises, as well as some much needed moments of humour ... Read it for: A portrayal of the horrors of WW1, and the courage of the soldiers." Your Family Tree, February 2015 issue

Click here to buy the book

27 Jan 2015
"The Oracles of Troy" praised by
2BookLovers website

2BookLovers said of Glyn Iliffe's "The Oracles of Troy" (from his best-selling series The Adventures of Odysseus): "I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of this story of Odysseus ... it takes a great deal of thought, work and effort to take a story that everyone knows something about and turn it into something fresh and exciting.For this Glyn Iliffe has my admiration ..."

Click here to buy the book

26 Jan 2015
Congratulations to Andrew C.F. Whitehead on
"Into the Digital Ether" - published today!

Chosen as Book of the Month byThe Chichester Local magazine who described it as, "an intriguing time-slip novel ... fresh, accessible and humorous ... will appeal to fans of fantasy and historical fiction, from teenagers upwards ..."

Click here for more information or to buy the book

24 Jan 2015
Veterinary websites praise
"It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half"

A lovey review just in: the editor of the websites, VetSurgeon.org and VetNurse.co.uk said that Steve Ankers' book is, "one of those rare books that's guaranteed to bring a smile to your face at least once a page."

Click here for book details

23 Jan 2015
Anna Golawski on Latest TV 7pm tonight
The "Swings and Roundabouts" author on parenting

Coach and parent Anna's dscusses the dilemas faced by parents (and parents-to-be) when juggling life, work and being a mum or dad. Watch Latest TV online at www.thelatest.tv or Freeview Channel 8 or Virgin Media 159.

Click here to buy Anna's book

Click her to visit Anna's website

 

22 Jan 2015
Listen to "Cupid's War" author
Interview now available on-line

Martin Laurie, author of "Cupid's War: The True Story of a Horse that Went to War" speaks on Talk Radio Europe about writing and WW1.

Click here to hear the interview.

Click here to buy the book. 

21 Jan 2015
True Crime Library Bulletin recommends
"Swimming Against the Tide"

True Crime Library Bulletin described George P Raven's memoirs of life in the police force as, "...stories of fascinating manhunts, gruesome murders, violent encounters and heartredning tragedies ... a fascinating story of the life of an ambitious policemen and an insightful assessment of the force today."

Click here for more info

20 Jan 2015
Viva Lewes magazine loves Steve Ankers' book
"It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half"

Steve's book about life as the brother of a vet and the husband of a vet is packed with hilarious and touching stories about animals and their owners. Viva Lewes magazine described his books as, " ... amusing, sometimes tear-jerking and always entertaining .... for anyone who's ever owned or cared for an animal."

Click here for more info / to buy the book

19 Jan 2015
Congratulations to Catherine Gilling
on the publication of her second novel

"Corinna," published today, is "a delightful romance which explores the special bond of brothers and sisters ... the book is full of action, intrigue and adventure ... gripping and fast-paced" according to this month's Sixtyplussurfers.  Catherine's first novel, Thistledown  was published in August 2014.

Click here for more info/to buy Catherine's books

16 Jan 2015
Countryside La Vie recommends
"The Dancing Debutante"

Elfida Eden Fallowfield - neice of Sir Anthony Eden - was one of the last ever debutantes to be presented to The Queen. Elfida's book tells the story of her life in dance and mixing with some of the most famous names of stage and screen.  Countryside La Vie magazine said, "... a fascinating life ... a heart-warming memoir and a riveting social history."

Click here find out more/buy the book

15 Jan 2015
An extraordinary life
The Argus loved Delia's book

 'The Grown-Ups Wouldn't Like It' by Delia Despair as described by The Argus: "for the first nine years of her life, Delia Despair was brought up by a woman her mother happened to meet on Hove beach ...an extraordinary beginning to an extraordinary life ... amusing and witty"

For more information or to buy the book, click here

14 Jan 2015
PonyBox.com features 'Cupid's War'
Author's article now live on-line

Martin Laurie's article about the war horses of World War One was published on the horse-lovers site.

Click here to read the piece

Click here for more book info

13 Jan 2015
Your Cat magazine loves
It's a Dog's Life

The February 2015 issue of Your Cat magazine (which goes on-sale tomorrow) recommends Steve Ankers' book, "It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half".

They say: 'Packed with real-life adventures, it's a fascinating insight into the work of vets and the animals they encounter."

Click here to buy the book

9 Jan 2015
Paris 7 January 2015
with deepest sympathy

"I am an artist. I am here to live out loud." Emile Zola

"There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written." Oscar Wilde

"I am the enemy you killed, my friend." Wilfred Owen

26 Dec 2014
Daily Express features "Cupid's War"
"The True Story of a Horse That Went to War"

The Boxing Day edition of The Express carried a big article about this remarkable book by Martin Laurie: 'The real war horse: how a farm boy and his mare found themselves amid the horrors of WW1'.

Click here to read the article

Click here to buy Martin Laurie's book

22 Dec 2014
Season's Greetings
Wishing you a joyous Yuletide and a happy, successful 2015

Thank you to all my clients, authors and media contacts for helping to make 2014 such a great year. Instead of sending Christmas cards, I make donations to the Christmas appeals from IMPACT Foundation, Oxfam and Red Cross for people in need and distress around the world.

9 Dec 2014
High praise for "It's a Dog's Life"
Pete the Vet recommends Steve Anker's book

Pete the Vet - Telegraph columnist & writer has just post this review on his blog: "This easy-to-read account of life in close proximity to animals will appeal to pet lovers ... this book will make you smile, but at times touch your heart." 

Click here to read the full review

Click here to buy the book

3 Dec 2014
Best-selling author supports charity event
Martin Laurie was signing books in Fulham

Martin Laurie, signed copies of his book "Cupid's War: The True Story of a Horse that Went to War" on 1st December at The Fairbridge Garden & Arts Society Christmas Fair in SW London. The society is part of The Prince's Trust and raises funds to help disadvantaged city children.

For more info on "Cupid's War" click here

28 Nov 2014
Congratulations to John Hughes-Wilson:
"1914: First Blood" launched at Daunts Books

A wonderful evening at Daunts last night attended by the great and the good .... all gathered to honour John Hughes-Wilson's new historical novel - the first in a series - about WW1. 

For more info or to buy the book click here

26 Nov 2014
"Fascinating, warm and very funny"
SixtyPlusSurfers love Delia's life-story

When the November edition of SixtyPlusSurfers reviewed "The Grown-Ups Wouldn't Like It" by Delia Despair, they said, "She is a wonderful story-teller ... great humour, honesty and perception ... Delia writes with a lively and engaging style with lots of delightful detail .... a thoroughly entertaining account of a life full of fun and interest." 

Click here for more info and to buy the book

24 Nov 2014
The last of the Debutantes featured in
The Daily Express today

See page 13 of today's Express for a full-page interview with wonderful Elfrida Eden Fallowfield, "The Dancing Debutante".  An extraordinary story about an amazing woman - Sir Anthony Eden's niece and one of the last Debs to be presented to The Queen.

Click here to read the story online

Click here to buy the book

 

11 Nov 2014
Mail Online features "Cupid's War"
for Remembrance Sunday (WW1 Centenary)

The Mail's website (which has over 47 million visitors each month) said, "The real War Horse: Amazing story of how a father, son and their mare dodged shellfire together during bloody battles of First World War." 

Click here to read the whole article (with pictures)

Click here to buy the book

8 Nov 2014
In Remembrance - lest we forget
Blossoms of hope? Arras, Spring 1918

Painted by ambulance-driver Alec (my grandfather) using a child's paint box & poor-quality paper, this picture shows the trees coming back to life after the bombardments of the 2nd Battle of The Somme - an expression of his hope that 1914-18 really would be "the war to end all wars".  My grandfather never spoke of his WW1 experiences but my mother remembered him screaming in his sleep for the rest of his life. 

7 Nov 2014
1914: First Blood by John Hughes-Wilson
is St Christopher's Book of the Month for November

Recommending this book to all their ezine subscribers and putting it on their website, St Christopher's also ran a short extract from the book to mark the Centenary of WW1 and this year's Remembrance Sunday.

Click here to read the extract

 

6 Nov 2014
Don't miss the WW1 Books Programme
on TalkRadioEurope; 6pm today

Hear Martin Laurie talk about "Cupid's War: The True Story of a Horse That Went to War" " and John Hoskins on "Thank You Mister Bosh" the book based on his granfather's letters home from The Somme.  Incredible moving real-life accounts of WW1 based on the words of those who were there.

Click here to buy the books from the publisher

2 Nov 2014
The SundayTelegraph features "Cupid's War"
With photos of this "real life War Horse"

"The remarkable story of how a father, son and their horse dodged shellfire together during World War One."  (The book is published by Mereo and available through all good booksellers)

Click here to see The SundayTelegraph interview with author, Martin Laurie

27 Oct 2014
The Argus features "It's a Dog's Life"
The funny and thoughtful account of life as a vet's other half

In a feature with lots of photos on 24 October, The Argus said that Steve Ankers' the book is "a light-hearted anecdotal read" in which the author "has documented a life with animals."

Click here for more information about the book

17 Oct 2014
"Animal lovers will adore this ...."
says SpiritFM Book Club

"It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half" by Steve Ankers featured as a recommeneded read in the SpiritFM On-line Book Club. They described it as, "warm, funny and moving .... a fascinating insight into the work of vets ..."

Click here for more info / to buy

14 Oct 2014
The life & times of an (Apollo missions) aerospace doctor ...
A fascinating interview with Dr Gordon Sharp

Dr Sharp's amazing life-story is told in his book, "Going for a Spin" (available through all good bookshops and intenet booksellers).

To hear Dr Sharp interviewed on TalkRadioEurope, please click here

29 Sep 2014
Praise for "It Starts with a Kiss"
by S N Weddle

St Christoper's/Bed & Bars website recommended this book as a Top Read: "well worth a read .... empowering fantasy"

Click here to buy the book

25 Sep 2014
High praise for Delia Despair's new book:
"warm, funny and unique ..."

The Spirit FM Book Club says of The Grown-Ups Wouldn't Like It: "Delia's life story is captivating, including achingly-funny accounts of her early career and dashing suitors ..."

Click here to buy the book 

22 Sep 2014
Swimming Against the Tide is "fascinating"
Biography of Former Police Superintendent well received

The Southend Echo says that George P Raven's book is, "fascinating ... a portrait of one policeman's evolution from green young PC ... to wily detective supremo ... unrivalled as an account of a local copper's life." 

Click here to buy the book

20 Sep 2014
"Romantic, witty, insightful ..."
Praise for S N Weddle's "It Starts with a Kiss"

"... sure to resonate with any woman who has ever dreamed of being beautiful, successful and forever young ... clever, funny, touching and sexy ..." Spirit FM Book Club

Click here to buy the book

19 Sep 2014
Huffington Post UK website praises P D Murphy's
'As I Walked Out Through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee'

" ... a travelogue which is, astonishingly, this writer's full-length debut ...." 

Published by Silverwood books, click here to read the full review

18 Sep 2014
Glyn Iliffe's 'The Oracles of Troy'
The Jitty's verdict, "stunning ..."

 ..."will leave you in eager anticipation turning every page"

Click here to buy the book 

 

5 Sep 2014
The White Queen of Middleham
by Lesley J Nickell

The story of the wife of Richard III is reviewed by The Historical Novel Society 

Click here to read the review.

 

29 Aug 2014
Glyn Iliffe's 'The Oracles of Troy'
"Highly recommended" by Historical Novels Review ...

"... epic, fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable ... His characters are strong and likeable and all of the myths and gods are there and brought to life by his excellent prose ... I was hooked and will be looking forward to more in the series. Highly recommended." Historical Novels Review, August 2014.

Click here to buy the book

21 Aug 2014
The Oracles of Troy - published 22 August 2014
Congratulations to Glyn Iliffe on his eagerly-awaited latest book

The Oracles of Troy is the fourth book in Glyn Iliffe's best-selling series of historical novels, The Adventures of Odysseus

Click here to buy the book

Journalists: visit the "Press Office" to download the press release

30 Jun 2014
"I was gripped ... thoroughly enjoyed it"
A lovely review just in ...

 “As soon as I started reading I was gripped …  This intimate portrait of a woman's concerns, relationships, hopes and fears are cleverly observed and entirely convincing. It's hard to believe this perceptive book is written by a man. Full of twists and turns, subtle humour, magic and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Sixtyplusurfers, July 2014 issue

Click here to buy the book

26 Jun 2014
Laurie Lee Centenary
and congratulations P D Murphy!

100 years since celebrated writer Laurie Lee was born - and P D Murphy's book, "As I Walked Out Through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee" (retracing Lee's 1935 Spanish adventure) is now available too - and features in today's "BookBrunch" as well.

Click here to buy the book

16 Jun 2014
Don't miss BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week 16-20 June
Laurie Lee's "As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning"

And don't miss P D Murphy's new book, "As I Walked Out Through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee" retracing Lee's 1935 journey - insightful, fascinating and very readable.

Click here to buy the book

15 Jun 2014
Hear S N Weddle on BBC WM 11am Mon 16th June
Can a man write convincingly about female concerns ...?

Listen live at: www.bbc.co.uk/wm   -  S N Weddle's book "It Starts With a Kiss" is published on 16th June - an adult fairy tale for any woman who ever wished she could be 21 again! (Be careful what you wish for ladies).

Click here to buy the book

11 Jun 2014
Joan Bakewell gets a preview of
"It Starts With A Kiss" by SN Weddle

Although not published until Monday 16th June, Baroness Bakewell seemed to enjoying her sneak preview of "It Starts With A Kiss"  - a humorous adult fairy tale about ageing, beauty and image.  We hope she agrees that it's a great summer read!

Click here to buy your copy.

16 May 2014
Welcome on board Vicky Edwards!
Another experienced publicist strengthens the team

Elly is delighted to announce that the wonderful, talented Vicky Edwards will soon be working on some EllyDonovanPR projects. Vicky is an experienced freelance PR, published author, broadcaster and journalist - and our media-training guru. For more information about the range of PR Services now offered by Elly and Vicky, please visit the "Serivces" page of this website.

24 Apr 2014
New book marks Laurie Lee Centenary
P D Murphy retraces Lee's 1935 journey through Spain

A literary and personal journey through Spain and into the troubled soul of a classic writer.  Publication date: 26th June 2014 - the centenary of Laurie Lee's birth.

Click here for more info 

16 Apr 2014
So many new press releases
Visit the Press Office page

Elly's sent out sixteen new press releases over the last few weeks. Make sure you haven't missed any ....

Visit The Press Office to read and/or download

11 Apr 2014
Congratulations to Mereo Books
on their successful London Book Fair debut

The Memoirs Publishing / Mereo Books stand at The London Book Fair 2014 (Earls Court, 8-10 April) was a big hit!  Busy, lively and lots of fun.  The team at Mereo Books were delighted to meet old friends and new - and the gorgeous Mereo catalogue of exciting titles for June - Dec 2014 was very well received.

Click here to learn more about Memoirs & Mereo

10 Apr 2014
London Book Fair 2014
Reassuringly busy!

The London Book Fair ends today.  It's been a resounding success and so busy. It's always a thrill to see our amazing publishing and bookselling industry in full swing - and to link-up with contacts, colleagues and old friends - but this year's Book Fair seemed even busier than usual. A most encouraging sign for the book trade!

7 Apr 2014
The London Book Fair 2014
Earls Court, 8th - 10th April

Elly is at The London Book Fair and hopes to see you there too! You can contact Elly via Stand P430 or on her mobile phone.

Click here for more information about The London Book Fair

5 Apr 2014
ALL ABOUT ALIENS
Launching at the 2014 London Book Fair - Stand P430

The first book in Mereo's ALL ABOUT .... series - beautiful books packed with entertaining and thought-provoking information for enthusiasts and novices alike. With topics for everyone, these books make inspirational gifts.

Click here for more info about Mereo/Memoirs at London Book Fair

3 Apr 2014
Mereo at The London Book Fair next week!
Stand P430 - Press Pack now available

Memoirs Publishing/Mereo Books at The London Book Fair, Earls Court 8-10th April 2014. They are launching the fabulous "All About ..." series of books and have a stunning new catalogue too. If you are there, do visit Stand P430.

Click here for Mereo Press Releases and The Press Pack

Click here for The London Book Fair website

2 Apr 2014
Strike of the Cobra
Author, Stephen Heubach, on the radio ….

Hear Stephen Heubach at 9:30pm, 2nd April on WAVE 105.2 FM talking about his novel – based on his true-life experiences of becoming (unwittingly) tangled up with dangerous drug barons who threatened his life and those of his family, colleagues and friends …. It could have happened to anyone of us!

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31 Mar 2014
Sir Harold Atcherley
On BBC 4 TV and BBC Radio 4

Hear Sir Harold on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on Tues 1st April and see him interviewed in the BBC Four TV documentary at 9pm 1st April or at 11pm on Thur 3rd April.  Listen/watch again on the BBC i-player: the horrifying story of Building the Burma Death Railway 70 years ago.

13 Mar 2014
New press release available
"It starts with a KISS"

An extraordinary new book - an adult fairy-tale about female identity, image and ageing. Witty, thought-provoking and all the more remarkable for being written by a man. Download the release from the "Press Office" page.

4 Mar 2014
London Book Fair
8th - 10th April, Earl's Court

All systems go as we approach LBF 2014!  I shall be there on Tues 8th & Wed 9th April on Stand P430. Get in touch if you'd like to make an appointment.

19 Feb 2014
Four New Books Available!
Go to "Press Office" for the press releases

An essential, self-coaching book for new parents & parents-to-be; a terrifying thriller based on a true-story; a moving and thought-provoking love story; and a delightfully quirky book for kids.

4 Feb 2014
Elly Donovan PR First Anniversary
Thank you to all my clients

Today is the official first birthday of my business.  I'd like to say an enormous thank you to all my clients and contacts who have been so supportive over the last year. It's been a great year.  Looking forward to the next one! 

16 Jan 2014
New PR Services for 2014
Visit 'Services' for details

Elly Donovan PR offers five new, set-price PR Packages - saving you money on your professional PR campaign. Prices start from as little as £300. Retainer-fee arrangements also available. For (downloadable) details go to the 'Services' page on this website.

12 Jan 2014
Happy Birthday to me!
Thank you - and changes in the pipeline ....

As the first anniversary of Elly Donovan PR approaches (4th Feb 2014) Elly would like to thank all her clients and media contacts for making this past year so successful.

Elly is just about to introduce a newly-revised range of flexible PR Packages .... Keep watching this space. Details to follow very soon!

28 Dec 2013
Happy New Year
Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous 2014

Elly Donovan PR is back at her desk on 2nd January.

15 Dec 2013
Festive Greetings
Wishing you joy this Yule and a happy New Year

Instead of sending Christmas cards this year, I am making donations to the emergency appeals issued by IMPACT Foundation*, Oxfam and Red Cross for refugees in Syria and victims of the typhoon in The Philippines.

*IMPACT Foundation (founded through a WHO/UNICEF initiative) acts to improve health and combat needless disability around the world: www.impact.org.uk

 

12 Dec 2013
Season's Greetings
and wishing you a happy & prosperous New Year

Elly Donovan PR will be taking a break 24 - 27 Dec

24 Oct 2013
Tony Kelly on BBC Breakfast TV
Author of "Red Card" discusses gambling in profession football

Tony was interviewed today on BBC ONE TV about his own struggle with gambling and hs campaigning to raise awareness of the issues.

Click here to buy his revealing & brave book.

16 Sep 2013
Tony Kelly on BBC Radio 2: Drivetime with Simon Mayo
18:45 Monday 16th Sept 2013

The pro-footballer who lost everything to betting says that gambling is a major issue in the professional game.

Click here to buy the book

1 Jul 2013
Atlantis and the Silver City
by Peter Daughtrey

The Guardian Travel Section (24 April 2013) is intrigued by Peter Daughtrey’s  “claims that the lost city of Atlantis is not by the Greek Island of Santorini but in the Algarve in Portugal …. thoroughly researched …”

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14 Jun 2013
Death in Godshill
An Isle of Wight Tragedy

The Isle of Wight County Press covered this book several times during May 2013.  They said, "... trial of local woman, Mabel Attrill ... Who killed Frank Cave? Why? And what happened to Mabel ...?"

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26 May 2013
Herodotus – The Gnome of Sofia
by Patrick Brigham

Patrick Brigham was interviewed by Hannah Murray on Talk Radio Europe (25 May 2013) -you can hear the interview by clicking below ….

Click here to listen to the interview

Click here to buy the book

22 May 2013
To Hellas and Back and Kickstart My Heart
by Lana Penrose

“We love Lana” says the Spirit FM Book Club, “Tears and laughter merge in Lana’s true stories of a 30-something falling to pieces in Greece and London … her words reach out to any woman who has ever tried to mend a broken heart”

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22 May 2013
Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude?
by David Haviland

“We are amused!” says the Spirit FM Book Club (19 May 2013), “deeply weird, wonderful (and grisly) historical facts … to make us think and laugh-out-loud …plenty of mind-bending revelations!”

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17 May 2013
Atlantis and the Silver City
by Peter Daughtrey

In May 2013The Portugal News describes Peter Daughtrey’s book as “Entertaining and accessible …. A book for anyone who is interested in the mystery of Atlantis”

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16 May 2013
Catacombs of the Damned
by PJ Cadavori

PJ Cadavori was interviewed by Hannah Murray on Talk Radio Europe - you can hear the interview by clicking below ….

Click here to listen to the interview

Click here to buy the book

1 May 2013
Death in Godshill
by Peter J Cave

St Christopher’s Live-Your-Life ezine included Peter J Cave’s book in its top five recommended reads for the month.  The reviewer said:  “… a notorious, true to life, criminal trial … After a good deal of twists and turns, the trial reaches an outcome you’ll never see coming”

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30 Apr 2013
Catacombs of the Damned:
P J Cadavori

This is Somerset website (14 March 2013) said: "Imaginative author ... a lot of historical information about witch hunts in England"

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8 Mar 2013
Conclave 1559
by Mary Hollingsworth

While the Cardinals were choosing a new Pope, St Christopher’s Live-Your-Life ezine (March 2013 uissue) included Mary Hollingsworth’s book in its top five recommended reads for the month.  The reviewer said “…takes us behind the scenes … gives us a fascinating insight …”

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